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What is SchoolNet Namibia?
"Kids on the block" - Namibian Volunteer Program
SchoolNet Lab - Computer and Internet Solutions
Demo: OpenLab Desktop (4.0)
OpenLab - the Operating System
Advantages of Linux over Proprietary OS?
Installed (Free) Software
EduKar Package -Educational content
OpenOffice 2.0 - a modern office suite
SchoolNet Services - technical and training, helpdesk
Key to success
How do you get SchoolNet Lab?
Eligible Educational Client Agreement
Who pays for a SchoolNet Lab?
Websites / Contact / Questions
2000 established a welfare organisation with the aim to introduce computer technology and Internet access to ALL schools in Namibia.
Makes use of a low cost, sustainable computer solution (SchoolNet Lab)
Financially supported by Sida, USAID, Telecom and many others
„non-profit“ - Internet Service Provider to Education Sector (Xnet)
„Kids on the block“ volunteers repair, service and install the computer equipment for Internet use at schools.
Provides peer to peer training to learners and teachers at schools.
After completion of a training programme, volunteers get a chance to become a contract employee of SchoolNet, or are hired by schools to stay on as ICT trainers.
Computer lab contains:
Server (new desktop)
5 - 20 thin-clients (disk less, refurbished hand, X11 terminals)
Internet by modem or WLAN- antenna
UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply)
Accessories: furniture,switch und network cables
Gnu/Linux Distribution from GetOpenLab in South Africa(current release = version 4, September 2005)
OpenLab based on Slackware (full package compatibility)
package composition ideal for schools (EduKar)
easy installation and free to download
ideal for terminal server solutions (thin client systems)
simple administration desktop for main root tasks
time saving administration
no costly commercial dependencies(like Windows-Microsoft)
Linux is stable and reliable
no software licenses – no costs
secure against viruses and other system attacks
limited user rights
Linux–Distribution: OpenLab 4
OpenOffice 2.0 (Office Application)
Internet Browser (Firefox)
HTML Editor (NVU)
Desktop Publishing (Scribus)
Photo editing software (Gimp)
CD/DVD Burning Software(K3b) (require a CD/DVD burner device)
and lots more...
EduKar contains70 applications/programs
Gutenberg (thousands of free books, ... bible)
Typing Tutor (KTouch)
EduComix (Popya, HaiTi, ...)
For Primary school (Example: Gcompris)
Games (TappyTux, chess, ...)
For science (periodical system, graph plot, ...)
And lots more...
The „look and feel“ on OpenOffice is similar to Microsoft Office
OpenOffice can also read and write most of the file formats found in Microsoft Office ...
Toll free telephone helpdesk services (0800 00 57 93)
Through own ISP (Internet Service Provider, Xnet Alliance)
Access by telephone (dial-up) or per wireless lan (range 32 km)
Affordable flat-rate 24/7 Internet Access for N$ 300 per month. (Commercial ISP rates are five times higher!)
Low cost technology computer solution a SchoolNet Lab = server + 5 computers costs only N$ 15,000 (10 for N$ 20,000 N$,15 for N$ 25,000 N$)
During the introduction of the SchoolNet, a volunteer provides one month training forteachers.
Young, highly motivated Namibian staff and volunteers
weekly lessons in the Namibian newspaper (Hai-Ti Comics)
Good service concept, like free helpdesk support
Simple, technical solution (Openlab Distribution, based on Linux)
Service agreements with Telecom Namibia, etc ...
In cooperation with the government and private sector.
Clear aim/vision: SchoolNet for all Schools (1640) in Namibia
No license dependencies through using Open Source Software (FLOOS)
Student (user)- desktop
Administration (root)- desktop
Six steps to get a SchoolNet Lab
1. Apply to SchoolNetApplication letter or fax to SchoolNet.Contents: Name of School, contact person, phone number, email address, motivation.
2. Who pays for a SchoolNet Lab?
3. AgreementSchoolNet and the school (Educational Client) sign an „Eligible Educational Client Agreement“
4. Installation of SchoolNet Lab (1-2 days)
5. Training through SchoolNet trainer (2 to 8 weeks)
6. Connect to Internet and start to use SchoolNet
SchoolNet Priority ListIf the School is on the top of the ICT Policy Priority List, then the cost for the SchoolNet Lab will be paid by a SchoolNet partner. Otherwise the School has to wait in the queue. Generally: Secondary Schools, followed by Combined Schools are on the top of the list and Primary Schools on the bottom.
Skip queuingIf the school doesn't want to wait, the school can carry the cost (server, furniture, network equipment and 5 computers = N$15,000) by itself. The services for self-paid schools are effectively the same.
Internet connection costsThe monthly Internet connection fee is 300 N$, paid by the school.
Additional Clients (Computer)SchoolNet makes the decision how many computers are provided to a school.If the school wants to have more clients, it can buy additional clients for N$2000 each. A SchoolNet Server can comfortably support up to 20 clients.
Additonal Hardware The school can also buy a printer, a CD/ DVD burner, memory sticks and other accessories and peripheral devices for their SchoolNet Lab.
Agreement between SchoolNet and the School
Some points from the contract:
The School (Educational Client) has to provide a secure classroom (padlock, burglar bars) for the Lab, which must be accessible to learners and teachers at all reasonable times.
This classroom should be well ventilated (or air-condioned)
The school must provide at least two local contact persons. These contact people perform simple administration tasks and also report problems to the SchoolNet helpdesk. If problems occur, the school contact persons and the SchoolNet helpdesk solve them together.
The EC must guarantee secure accommodation and subsistence for the SchoolNet staff during the installation and the training period.
The full contract (10 pages) is found here:www.schoolnet.na/services/snetcontract1.pdf
Homepage from SchoolNet Namibiahttp://www.schoolnet.na
OpenLab homepage http://www.getopenlab.com
The SchoolNet Eligible Educational Client Agreement http://www.schoolnet.na/services/snetcontract1.pdf
Content of EduKar (comparative feature chart)http://www.getopenlab.com/documents/eduKar-profile-11Jan2006.pdf
Contact:SchoolNet Namibia, P.O. Box 7102, Katutura, Windhoek toll-free phone: 0800 005793 (only for support cases) phone: 061 212 973 fax: 061 213655 email: firstname.lastname@example.org